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Turning the page

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LHS senior WR Taylor Bryan / B.K. BRYAN photo

I never thought I would get to this point so quickly.
With my last football game in high school fast approaching, it has made me think about the things that have gotten me here.
Three head coaches in four years, giving up my summers to prepare for the season, all the time spent in the weight room and on the practice field, and the relationships I've made with my teammates are just the highlights.
Walking in to the locker room at the old school for the first time as a freshman, I never would have thought that the last four years would play out like they have, but I wouldn't trade them for anything.
Yes, they have been tough, but I'm a better person because of them.
I have had the privilege of playing under some great men, men who taught me a lot about football and life.
I thank all of you for that.
In high school football you have approximately 200 days to prepare for at most 15 games. That works out to be over 800 days over four years I've spent playing or practicing football.
I'm proud to say I've been able to stay committed through all of it for the entire four years. Some may think that it's crazy to do so much for so little opportunities, but you have to be a little bit crazy to play this game.
Playing a football game is almost the same as getting in a fight, and there is nothing that will bring you closer to people than fighting alongside them.
It's like what Kenny Chesney says in his song Boys of Fall, "You mess with one man, you got us all."
I know I have made some friendships that will last a lifetime and I can't think of a better group of guys to have played with.
And even when football is gone, we will all still be friends.
So when the final game is over, win or lose, I will take my pads and helmet off for the last time.
I’ll be proud to say that I played football at Lebanon High School, and I was and always will be, a Blue Devil.
Taylor Bryan is a senior wide receiver for Lebanon High School and is the sports editor of The Devils’ Advocate. The son of Tommy & Bobbie Kay Bryan, Taylor and his Blue Devil teammates close the season Friday, Nov. 1 at Beech.

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